The difference between geniuses, success and you? College. In reverse.


They get your money, steal 5 precious years of your life, teach you things that you could have googled for, grade you, and deliver to you a paper that worths near nothing and depreciates at every  year of your professional life.
K12 schooling (primary and secondary) does the same, only they steal 12 years of your life and leave you basically with reading, writing and math (that would take you 100 hours of dedication to learn).

People here used this precious time to do something better than copy things from a blackboard. It seems to have worked for them pretty well .

Louis Armstrong, jazz musician, singer. Dropped out of high school.

Woody Allen, screenwriter, actor, director, and producer. Was thrown out of New York University after one semester for poor grades. Also dropped out of City College of New York. As he admitted, “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics final. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”

Paul Allen, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, founder of Xiant software, owner of Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. Dropped out of the University of Washington to work for Honeywell. A year later he convinced Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard and move to Albuquerque, New Mexico to start up Microsoft.

Eike Batista, billionaire mining executive. Studied metallurgy at the University of Aachen, Germany. Dropped out of college.

Chuck Berry, rock singer. High school dropout, left in the 11th grade. Received high school equivalency degree at the age of 37. Attended cosmetology school for awhile when younger.

Marlon Brando Jr., Oscar-winning actor. Expelled from Libertyville High School for riding his motorcycle through the school. Later attended Shattuck Military Academy but was also expelled from there. Was invited to come back, but he decided not to finish school.

Richard Branson, billionaire founder of Virgin Music, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Mobile, and other Virgin enterprises, balloonist. Left Stowe School when he was 16. Never attended college.

Sergey Brin, billionaire co-founder of Google. Dropped out of Stanford Ph.D. program in computer science to start Google in 1998 working out of a friend’s garage. He eventually finished the Ph.D. program so at this point he’s no longer a college dropout.

Gisele Caroline Bündchen, Brazilian multimillionaire supermodel. High school dropout. Left home at the age of 14 to begin her modeling career. Moved to New York City at the age of 16 to continue her career as a model. “Reading things is so important to me—things that can open up your mind. You need to feed your mind.”

Steve Jobs, billionaire co-founder of Apple Computers and Pixar Animation; Disney’s largest shareholder. Dropped out of Reed College after six months and went to India before returning to Silicon Valley. As he said, “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and how college was going to help me figure it out.”

Quentin Tarantino, movie director, producer, and screenwriter. A high school dropout.

Sean Parker, billionaire co-creator of Napster, founding president of He barely finished high school (he was not interested in school). Never made it to college. “I kind of refer to it as Napster University. It was a crash course in intellectual property law, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and law school.”

Brad Pitt, actor. Left the University of Missouri two credits short of graduating so he could begin his acting career in California.

Elon Musk, founder of Paypal, founder of SpaceX, founder of Tesla Motors, founder of SolarCity, software engineer, entrepreneur. “I find universities a very slow place to learn things.”

Walt Disney, producer, director, screenwriter, animator, developer of Disneyland. Winner of 26 Oscars and 7 Emmy awards. While attending McKinley High School, he also took night classes at the Chicago Art Institute. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to join the army. Rejected because he was under aged, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to war in Europe. Upon his return from war, he began his artistic career.

Should I keep going? … Help yourself at:

As a nice game you can think or someone that you really admire and check that list.

Think about this before feeding the compulsory schooling system with your son.


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